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Report No. 170

3.4.6. Desirability of issuing the whip in specific situation only.-

So far as the issuance of the whip is concerned, it is not governed by any law. Neither the Rules framed under the Tenth Schedule nor the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha/Council of States provide for or regulate the issuance of whip. It appears to be a matter within the discretion and judgment of each political party. In such a situation, we can only point out the desirability aspect and nothing more. It is undoubtedly desirable that whip is issued only when the voting in the House affects the continuance of the government and not on each and every occasion. Such a course would safeguard both the party discipline and the freedom of speech and expression of the members.

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